1.4

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
118,550 miles

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2003 Acura CL suspension problems

suspension problem

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2003 Acura CL Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 232019

CL

  • 236,700 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Upon removing my front right (passenger side) wheel to check my brake pads, I noticed the rear portion of the sub-frame (which holds up the engine and transmission as well as the steering rack and sway bar) had rusted away allowing the sway bar to come completely loose on the right side. I researched this problem and found that many late 1990S and early 2000 Honda/Acura models (primarily Honda Accord, Acura TL and Cl models) had this issue due to the poorly designed air-conditioning condenser drain that drained right on top of this part, causing an extreme rust condition. (the left (driver's) side of this part still looks like new and is sound) if I had not found this extremely dangerous situation, it may have caused a loss of steering control resulting in a potentially serious accident. I feel that these cars should be subject to a recall. I am in the process of having this part replaced (a repair of this part is not possible, it must be a full replacement), I will retain the removed part for inspection after removal should you desire to see it. I have attached some photos showing the deterioration as best I could. (I'm sorry the photos are not better, it's a difficult area to reach with a camera)

- North Aurora, IL, USA

problem #1

Mar 012004

CL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 400 miles
I have a 2003 Acura Cl S type at 400 miles a tire was Michelin tire was replaced for a bubble in the tire wall, the car is less than a year old and with 11,000 miles. I have replace two more tires for bubbles. Now a fourth tire has a bubble. I am told by Acura and Michelin that these are caused by pot holes. There is no rim damage and I was told by costco that this is a big problem with this type Acura because of suspension. This is not safe, some bubbles are on inside walls and can not be seen. I don't believe any testing was done. This tire should be outlawed. No one wants to take responsibility and I can not afford to replace tires every month these tire are brand new and Michelin is making a ton of money. I have read many complaints where people have crashed. I would like to avoid this....I would like either Michelin or Acura to address this problem or I would like to get out of my lease since I was not aware of the unsafe condition of my vehicle.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

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